What Makes Gout and Plantar Fasciitis Different?

Gout and plantar fasciitis are two very distinct and foot conditions. However, sometimes individuals might not be able to tell the difference between these two afflictions of the foot. This is because both foot conditions can result in forefoot pain and are associated with inflammation. Also, both conditions may affect the arch of the foot. Gout occurs when an excessive amount of uric acid develops in the blood. As a result, joints and other areas of the feet can experience pain. Plantar fasciitis, on the other hand, is caused by something much different. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tissues in the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed. Therefore, one can see that both gout and plantar fasciitis are caused by different phenomena. If you think you might have one of these conditions, contact a podiatrist today. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Buying Foot-Friendly Athletic Shoes

Shoes that do not fit well or those with high heels are a common cause of foot pain and can also lead to chronic conditions affecting other parts of the body. Athletes can prevent injury and pain by paying attention to a few tips that include making sure their shoes fit well and are supportive, selecting shoes that are appropriate for the activity to be done, and making any necessary adjustments to shoes prior to working out. It is important to pay close attention to shoe size and measure feet prior to trying shoes on. Feet swell as the day wears on, and shoe sizes vary across and between brands. Function and fit should be given precedence over fashion. Running shoes are different than hiking shoes and streetwear shoes are not the best for training. Different athletic shoes are developed to protect the areas of the feet that are most stressed by the activity. Shoe inserts, pads, or cups can be used in shoes to relieve chronic pain symptoms. If you enjoy running and want to continue your sport more comfortably, it is suggested you have your gait analyzed by a podiatrist. This healthcare practitioner can also observe any special adjustments needed for your shoes and advise on the best shoes for you. 

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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High Heels and Morton’s Neuroma

People who have Morton’s neuroma often liken the pain to having a rock or pebble inside their sock or shoe. If the discomfort does not subside in a reasonable amount of time, it may be diagnosed as this condition. It is defined as a thickened or compressed nerve that is found between the third and fourth toes. Most people feel pain from this condition in the ball of the foot, and it can negatively impact completing daily activities. There are various ways this nerve can become irritated. These include medical conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and high arches. Additionally, wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, such as high heels, can compress the nerve. Having an MRI or CT scan performed is often successful in diagnosing Morton’s neuroma, and a stress fracture may be ruled out by having an X-ray taken. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is advised that you consult a podiatrist who can help you with specific stretches and effective treatments that can relieve your pain.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dean Kim, DPM of Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Children

Sometimes certain medical conditions will cause an individual to exhibit symptoms on their feet. For example, a particular disease might manifest itself in a kind of rash on the feet. One such condition to be aware of is hand, foot, and mouth disease, which can be particularly prevalent in young children. A child with hand, foot, and mouth disease might experience a variety of different symptoms, such as a fever and mouth sores. Importantly, a common symptom of this disease in children is the development of a rash on the bottoms, or soles, of the feet. Importantly, this rash on the feet does not typically feel itchy, although it will feel as though there are raised spots on the feet. Blisters may also develop. Although it may be tempting for a child to touch these blisters and spots, it can be important to refrain from touching these areas. An adult will probably also want to help the child keep the affected area of the feet clean. Contact a podiatrist today for more information on helping your child protect their feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dean Kim, DPM of Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Exercising With Flat Feet

Occasionally, flat feet do not self-correct during childhood but move into adulthood, which may cause pain and discomfort. Those who enjoy working out may find their workouts are compromised as a result of living with flat feet. An effective workout for the legs consists of performing squats, and flat feet may cause the lower part of the leg to roll inward, thus affecting the benefits of this exercise. Flat feet may be improved when the foot structure is strengthened to rebuild the arch. An effective exercise that may help consists of pushing hard on the bone at the bottom of the big toe while trying to create an arch as the toe is pushed down. This is an isometric exercise when held for 20 seconds and frequently repeated. If you would like to acquire more information about how having flat feet can affect your workouts, in addition to learning about strength training foot exercises, please confer with a podiatrist who can help you with any questions you may have.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome and Running

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be particularly bothersome to runners. This condition occurs in an individual when a nerve called the posterior tibial nerve becomes compressed. As a result of this compression, an individual might feel pain or tingling sensations. Runners exert a lot of pressure on their feet; therefore, this condition can be quite bothersome to these athletes. Although recommended treatment options will vary from runner to runner, sometimes wearing orthotics may help.  Another potential remedy might be strengthening and improving the flexibility of the feet. Sometimes, overpronation might be the culprit for a case of tarsal tunnel syndrome, so carefully monitoring one’s running style might also be of use. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dean Kim, DPM of Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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What Are Common Types of Foot Pain?

The feet are complex structures and foot pain may occur for various reasons. One common source of foot pain is known as foot tendonitis. It can happen as a result of an irritated or inflamed tendon and may gradually or suddenly appear. Many people who enjoy running may experience this type of foot pain and it can also occur in patients who stand for most of the day. Existing medical conditions can contribute to this type of tendonitis as well, including flat feet or high arches. Achilles tendonitis is another form of foot pain and symptoms can include stiffness and swelling at the bottom of the heel. The pain may be worse upon arising in the morning or after long periods of rest. This type of injury can occur from increasing speed and mileage too quickly while running and may be more common among those who run infrequently. There are several different types of foot pain and if you are experiencing discomfort, it is strongly urged that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can expertly diagnose and treat it.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Risk Factors for Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is a condition that every parent ought to be aware of because it affects a large number of children every year. The condition occurs when a child’s growth plate at the heel becomes inflamed. Certain children are more likely to develop this condition than others. For example, since this condition typically occurs during growth spurts, it can occur in boys between 5-13 years old and girls 7-15 years old. Children who are engaged in physical activities such as school sports are also more likely to experience Sever’s disease. Other risk factors can include having levels of vitamin D that are lower than normal or a tightened plantar fascia, the band of tissue running along the arch of the foot. If your child has any of these risk factors, contact a podiatrist today to learn more about Sever’s disease. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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